Midclavicular line

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Midclavicular line
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Surface lines of the front of the thorax and abdomen. (Midclavicular line not labeled, but region visible near "mammary line". Note that "mammary line" should not be confused with "mammillary line", which would be a vertical line through the nipple.)
Latin linea medioclavicularis
Gray's subject #284 1309
Dorlands/Elsevier l_10/12496224

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Overview

The midclavicular line (or midclavicular plane) is a vertical line crossing through the clavicle.

Clinical significance

It is useful for evaluating hepatomegaly and identifying heart sounds, as well as finding the gallbladder. (The gallbladder is at the intersection of the midclavicular line and the transpyloric plane.)

See also

External links

  • midclavicular+line at eMedicine Dictionary
  • Diagram at rnceus.com (scroll down to second diagram)
  • Diagram at University of Glasgow
  • Diagram at illustratedclinicalanatomy.co.uk (see item #10 in figure 5.1
  • Naylor C, McCormack D, Sullivan S (1987). "The midclavicular line: a wandering landmark". CMAJ. 136 (1): 48–50. PMID 2947672.
  • MedEd at Loyola MEDICINE/PULMONAR/apd/lines.htm



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